He raised that little lamb and it grew up with his children.
He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter.

One day the prophet Nathan appeared before King David. He told David the story of two men. The first was very rich and owned many sheep and cattle. The second was very poor and worked very hard to buy one little lamb. He raised it as one of his children, and cuddled it like a baby in his arms. It drank from his cup and ate from his plate.

The rich man had a guest come to visit. Instead of killing one of his own animals, he came and took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for his guest.

David was horrified by the actions of the rich man.

He declared, “Any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! He must repay the poor man four lambs for the one he stole and for having no pity.”

Nathan calmly replied, “That man is you.”

Lamb

He raised that little lamb like one of his his children. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter.

God sent Nathan to rebuke David for what he had done. David had stolen another man’s wife, and then had her husband killed in battle. The events that Nathan described were meant to be a wake up call to the gravity of David’s actions. God had given David everything – a kingdom, wisdom, military strength, protection, honor, wives, success, children, and wealth. No man in all of Israel, and probably the whole world at that time, could rival the Blessing working in David’s life. (2 Samuel 12)

There is no doubt, like any good parent, God wants the very best for His children. Sin blocks His Blessing on your life. That is precisely why He detests sin so much. You don’t have to worry, or steal, to meet your needs. He is your source. You don’t have to desire or covet what your neighbor has. God gives everything in abundance. There is no Godly desire that He has not already made provision for in your life. When you sin, including doubt, fear, murmuring, and questioning God’s ability, you are attacking both His integrity and Love Himself. Disconnecting from The Blessing paves the way for the curse to come on your life. Remember, God is for you, not against you. (Exodus 20:1-17, Deuteronomy 28, Psalm 23, 35:27, 37:3-11, Matthew 6:24-34, Luke 11:9-13, Romans 8:31-39, Philippians 4:18-19)

Nathan replied to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD God of Israel says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.
I gave your master’s house to you and your master’s wives into your arms, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah, and if that was not enough, I would have given you even more.
Why then have you despised the command of the LORD by doing what I consider evil? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife as your own wife—you murdered him with the Ammonite’s sword.
(2 Samuel 12:7-9 <HCSB>)

This story shows how quickly and devastating the consequences of sin can be. David spotted another man’s wife bathing, and lusted for her. He knew she was married, but that did not give him pause. When it was discovered that she was with child by David, he came up with a plan to cover their sin. Bathsheba’s husband was a loyal soldier. David recalled him from the front and ordered him to visit his wife. When Uriah nobly refused to enjoy the comfort of home while the rest of the army was in the field, David hatched a plan to get him killed. David even went so far as to have Uriah carry his own death sentence back to the front. In the process of carrying out this order, several soldiers were needlessly killed. David took Bathsheba as his wife in an attempt to cover his tracks, but as always, scandals have a way of spreading. David’s standing in his own home, and in Israel, was tarnished by these actions, leading to rebellion and more needless bloodshed. Even the child, one of the many innocent victims, died shortly after birth. There is no such thing as a “little white lie.” Sin leads to all sorts of evil. That is why Jesus came – to free you from sin’s bondage. You have the Word, and the Holy Spirit in you to guide you. And you have the Law of Love which is simply – Love the Lord with all your heart, love others as you love yourself. Live the Love Life, and you will not steal, kill, lie, or in any way hurt another, or even yourself. Walk in Love, guided by your new nature and renewed mind of Christ, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Consider your sinful flesh, with its evil passion and desires, as being crucified with Christ. You are no longer a slave to sin! (2 Samuel 11, Romans 6:1-14, 1 Corinthians 2:4-16, 6:11-20, Galatians 2:20, 5:13-26, James 1)

David confessed his sin and God forgave him. But as with all sin, there were consequences. Within David’s own family there was turmoil and rebellion throughout his reign. Sin opens the door for Satan to steal, kill, and destroy. Under the old covenant, there was little God could do when His people strayed. Under the new covenant, a much better covenant, God through Jesus can deal with the sinful nature and renew it once and for all. But even as new creations, you can still miss the mark. When this happens, simply confess the sin and it is immediately wiped away and forgotten. But unconfessed sin can cause serious problems. It disrupts the fellowship between you and God. If you make a mistake, be quick to ask for forgiveness and receive it with joy. This will renew your fellowship with Him. Also, it is important to forgive others and yourself. Because if you don’t forgive, God can’t forgive you. (Isaiah 44:22, 1:18; Matthew 18:21-35; John 10:10, Romans 8:1-17; Hebrews 8:7-13; 1 John 1:8-10, 2:1-2)

Note how outraged David was at the injustice done to the poor man. He even called for the death of the rich man – which was contrary to the Law (Exodus 22:1), and would have been applied to David in this situation. The Law called for a four-fold restoration, which unfortunately, David could not do for Uriah the Hittite who was now dead – along with other soldiers. Nathan had a difficult job bringing such a strong rebuke against the king. He handled this with God’s guidance, allowing David to realize the scope of all that he had done, and the consequences that would follow. David had rejoiced at the news from Joab that Uriah, his faithful servant, was dead. He thought he had successfully covered his many sins. The arrival of Nathan changed everything. Woe to the man that fears the reaction of men, more than he loves God. For nothing is hidden from God. Even your deepest thoughts are open to Him. You can be honest with Him, hiding nothing. And when you miss it, don’t run away. Immediately run to God. He is the only one that can truly help you. He is Love, and His Mercy endures forever. (Job 28:28, Psalm 56:1-13, 107:1-9, 139:1-24, Proverbs 15:3-6, Matthew 11:25-30, Hebrews 4:10-16, 1 John 1:4-10, 4:4-13)

Lust would lead to adultery. Adultery led to lies and schemes in an attempt to hide the sin. The lies and schemes led to murder, and the loss of many innocent lives. What David thought he got away with secretly, would be exposed to the world. David was God’s anointed king of His chosen people. They were to be a beacon to the world of God’s goodness. Instead, David was acting no different than any other pagan king. Sin would reverberate throughout David’s reign. There would be a four-fold loss of David’s own sons – Bathsheba’s infant son (2 Samuel 12), Amnon, who would be murdered for raping his half-sister Tamar (2 Samuel 13), Absalom murdered by Joab during his rebellion against David (2 Samuel 18), and Adonijah for his attempt to usurp Solomon’s throne (1 Kings 2). Israel would shine a bit more under Solomon, but this spirit of rebellion would lead to the kingdom’s eventual split, and later the demise of both kingdoms. But God made a Covenant with Abraham, and a promise that David’s kingdom would never end. Israel will be fully restored, and will be a Blessing to the world. (Genesis 17:1-9, Isaiah 9:6-7, Daniel 2:44-45, 7:13-14, 7:27, Zechariah 14, Luke 1:30-33, Revelation 19-20)

Whenever I read the story of the poor man and his lamb, I think about the love described. He raised the lamb like one of his own children. It ate from his plate. And I am reminded of God’s love for His sheep. Jesus is described as the Good Shepherd. A GOOD Shepherd cares for his flock, protects them, and supplies their every need. A GOOD Shepherd makes sure they all make it safely home. When you get a revelation of how much God truly loves you, there is no reason to ever be afraid, or to leave Him in search of better pasture. The GOOD Shepherd knows exactly what you need, and has it prepared before you even ask. Get to know the GOOD Shepherd’s voice, and flee from any other voice. (Psalm 23, Psalm 91, Psalm 103, Isaiah 65:24, Matthew 6:5-8, John 10:1-30, Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 3:14-21)

 

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